Zesco United have said defender Nyambe Mulenga will not be part of their Orange Caf Champions League return leg match against Liga Muculmana in Maputo this Saturday.
The Ndola club on Monday released Mulenga for Zambia duty after pressure from Faz ahead of national teams friendly against Swaziland on Wednesday evening in Manzini.
“Mr Nyambe Mulenga will not be part of the team this weekend in Maputo,” club secretary Justin Mumba said from Maputo on Tuesday.
“Since it looks like a friendly is more important than a qualifier, we will do without him.”
Nyambe has since been replaced by fellow defender Kunda Mushota and the former left for Swaziland this morning with two other players Jimmy Chisenga and Kennedy Mudenda from Red Arrows and Power Dynamos respectively.
Meanwhile, Zesco coach Fighton Simukonda was expected to name his final 18-member team at the end of Tuesday’s final training session in Lusaka before departure for Mozambique tomorrow.
The team has been camped in Lusaka since Monday preparing for the match on a synthetic surface at Independence Stadium.
Zesco currently enjoy a 3-0 lead over Liga Muculmana and need a draw in Maputo to qualify to the first round of the Caf Champions League.